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NEW EDITION OF FODOR'S
THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA
The new best-selling edition of Fodor's The Carolinas & Georgia is now available. Lan Sluder, who has authored numerous books on Asheville and North Carolina, along with more than 15 books on Belize and books on other subjects, updated the Asheville & NC Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains sections.
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Amazing Asheville: Travel Guide to Asheville and the North Carolina Mountains by Lan Sluder candidly covers all the best places to stay, eat and explore in Asheville's exciting Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and elsewhere in the North Carolina mountains. It also covers the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore House and Biltmore Estate and more.
This is THE guide that gives you the ins and outs of enjoying the mountains and saving money on your Asheville and North Carolina mountains vacation.
Available as a paperback book and as a Kindle ebook
Order the 339-page paperback for US$19.95 or less from Amazon.
Or get the Kindle edition for US$5.45 or less from Amazon. Available soon in bookstores and libraries worldwide.
LAN SLUDER'S NEW BOOK:
Welcome to Amazing Asheville
This is your guide to visiting and enjoying Asheville and the beautiful North Carolina mountains.
Note: NC Gov. Roy Cooper announced that effective October 2, 2020, the state is now in Phase 3 of reopening. Most businesses, museums, playgrounds and personal care services — including salons and barber shops — can open at 50% capacity. Maximum restaurant occupancy, for a period permitted to be 50%, in December was reduced to 30%. Effective December 11, due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, most businesses except those offering groceries, medication, health care supplies and fuel must close at 10 pm. Restaurants and bars can serve alcohol only until 9 pm. A daily curfew from 10 pm to 5 am is now in effect, and only medical and other essential workers may be away from home during the curfew period.
Gyms, bowling alleys and other indoor exercise facilities may open at 30% capacity. As of October 2, amusement parks and movie theaters can open with capacity limitations. Bars also can open but only at 30% of their outdoor capacity. Indoor sections of bars remain closed to the public. Alcohol can be served only until 9 pm.
Since January 2, 2021, indoor gatherings in Asheville and Buncombe County are limited to only two people, not including members of your household, while outdoor gatherings can include up to 25 individuals. These limits do not apply to places of religious worship.
By the governor's executive order, masks or other face coverings are required in any public place, including restaurants (except while eating or drinking), retail stores, hotels and offices. There are exceptions to the masking rule for children, those with medical issues and those exercising outdoors while maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Lodging places in Asheville and Buncombe County and other parts of North Carolina may now accept guests, with no occupancy limits. Surprisingly, October 2020 saw the highest lodging occupancies in Asheville history, based on hotel tax reports.
Check locally for the latest rules.
Our goal is to help you get the most out of your visit to Asheville and the mountains. Is your interest mainly in the resort city of Asheville, with its great B&Bs, historic inns and other wonderful places to stay ... in good food and drink at hip bistros, brewpubs and cafés ... in art and crafts, historic architecture, music,As museums or literature? Maybe your interests are outdoors -- in the Great Smokies National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway or exploring the fascinating Biltmore Estate? Hiking, camping, fishing, golfing, snow skiing, tennis, ziplining? Sightseeing, picnicking? Or all of the above.
This guide covers it all. And of course we show you how locals do it all without spending a lot of money. This guide helps you s-t-r-e-t-c-h your vacation dollars.
We’ve packed a lot of information in this web guide – but if you want even more, in an easy-to-use portable package, we have published a book with even more information. Amazing Asheville, Guide to Asheville and the Beautiful North Carolina Mountains is available in e-book or paperback editions.
Please make yourself at home in Asheville and in the many small, charming mountain towns and villages in the region. Perhaps you’ll even end up, as so many others have, deciding to relocate to the mountains.
By the way, my name is Lan Sluder. I’m an Asheville native, although I’ve spent a good deal of time in other parts of the world, too. A former newspaper editor, I’ve written about a dozen books on travel and retirement, including guides for Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Moon and Equator.
But now, please enjoy exploring Amazing Asheville and the highest, coolest mountains in Eastern America.
For the latest news about Asheville and Western North Carolina, visit our Breaking News section.
Special thanks to Rose Lambert-Sluder, Jessamyn Weis, Sheila M. Lambert, the National Park Service, Biltmore and the Library of Congress for photos and other materials used in this website.
See also the sites Organic Pottery by Sheila M. Lambert (www.AshevillePots.com)
All content copyright © Lan Sluder except selected photographs used by permission and brief quotations or other fair use text, which are owned by the copyright holder.
We have made every effort to confirm the accuracy of information on this website, and in the Amazing Asheville book and ebooks, but travel information is subject to frequent change, and no warranty is made, express or implied. Please notify us of any errors or omissions, and we will attempt to correct them as soon as possible. All opinions expressed are those of the author, Lan Sluder, unless otherwise noted.